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THE NEW SPECTRE HAUNTING EUROPE: THE ECJ, TRADE UNION RIGHTS AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

From the Institute of Employment Rights

The New Spectre Haunting Europe: The ECJ, Trade Union Rights and the British Government

A FREE conference, in association with SERTUC

Saturday 28th November 2009, 10:00am – 3:30pm, at the TUC Congress House, London

Please distribute this message to colleagues, activists, networks and members. The weblink where you can find out more and book places is here: http://www.ier.org.uk/node/408  

The New Spectre Haunting Europe: The ECJ, Trade Union Rights and the British Government

A free conference, Saturday 28th November 2009, 10:00am- 3:30pm, in the Main Hall, TUC Congress House

Organised by The Institute of Employment Rights in association with SERTUC

To book your free place, please book at office@ier.org.uk

This conference, organised around the 2nd anniversary of the initial ECJ decisions, aims to bring workers together with sympathetic academics and lawyers to share information, learn from each others’ experiences and plan for a better future.

So how should unions and their members respond? What are the political, legal and industrial options open to unions and their members? Unions are pushing politically for changes to EU and UK laws. Lawyers are looking at ways to challenge the direction of the ECJ through the ILO and the European Court of Human Rights. But can workers wait? Examples of workers ignoring restrictive laws and fighting back in defence of pay and jobs are already spreading – and winning.

Speakers include:- John Hendy QC; John Monks, ETUC; Sarah Veale, TUC; Prof Keith Ewing; Bob Crow, RMT; Barry Camfield, ODA; Steve Cottingham, O H Parsons; Richard Arthur, Thompsons Solicitors; Brian Caton, POA; Billy Hayes, CWU

Full programme here: http://www.ier.org.uk/node/408  

Phelim MacCafferty
Projects and Events Officer
Institute of Employment Rights
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Brighton East Sussex
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Youth Unemployment

Youth Unemployment

YOUTH FIGHT FOR JOBS

 

 

Youth Fight for Jobs is to have a national demonstration against youth unemployment. Youth Fight for Jobs is supported by the RMT, the PCS and the CWU, and will be calling a national demonstration on 28 November around the slogans “for real jobs – for free education”.

Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs chair, said “There is absolutely no evidence of this recession ending for young people. Job losses continue to rise, vacancies are still falling, and the unemployment figures continue to rise.”

“What does the government offer? For college students hoping for university places next week, tens of thousands of them will be unable to get in because of Browns penny pinching. For all those in education, there will be over £65 million worth of cuts enforced. Against a background of lowered living standards for the majority, the Westminster consensus is university fees will rise. For young people on the dole, the Future Jobs Fund will be wholly inadequate and is open to exploitation of young people.”

“That is why we are getting organised and fighting back. We are calling a national demonstration on 28 November to bring together young people and trade unionists to call for a real program of job creation, for a decent education system open to all. We are also calling a lobby of Parliament in September to coincide with the next set of unemployment figures.”

“Our members have been down to picket lines supporting the CWU postal workers on strike today, building unity amongst workers and young people to say that we won’t pay for the bosses’ crisis.”

Youth Fight for Jobs was launched through a ‘March for Jobs’ to the G20 meeting in London on 2nd April. Over 600 unemployed youth, young workers, graduates and school leavers marched through four of the poorest boroughs in London before rallying at the G20 meeting. Youth Fight for Jobs is supported by three major trade unions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

For more information on Youth Fight for Jobs see: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/

Video of the Youth Fight for Jobs march, Thursday 2nd April, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJP72UXdBeY

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Euro Elections: where should we turn our fire?

 

Uncaptive Minds Discussion Forum

 

The second series of our ‘Uncaptive Minds’ forums is about “capitalism and the working class today”, looking at issues such as the financial climate, globalisation and imperialism, casualisation and the transformation of the workforce.

 

The next meeting is on the subject of “Euro elections: where should we turn our fire?” We will be looking at the European Union’s response to the recession and proposed constitution; whether there is any worth in contesting elections and whether they have any relevance to today’s workplace struggles; and the politics of the No2EU election campaign backed by the RMT, Morning Star and Socialist Party.

 

Speakers include:

Peter Gowan: a New Left Review editorial board member

Andy Littlechild: an RMT (LuL) London Region activist

Mick Dooley: rank-and-file candidate for general secretary of the builders’ union UCATT.

 

The meeting takes place from 7pm at the Lucas Arms, near King’s Cross on Monday 20th April.

 

Email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more info.

 

The Commune issue no.4 is out now and available on-line at: http://www.thecommune.co.uk

 

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